A poignant tale of star-crossed romance, Veer-Zaara
in 2004 is a love story which travels across the border between two
politically conflicted nations as Veer Pratap Singh (Shah Rukh Khan
Indian Air Force pilot falls in love with a Pakistani Zaara Haayat Khan
). It all begins when Zaara, who visits India to order to
bury her late governess bebe
her motherland, is involved in an accident and is rescued by Veer. They
spend one day together in his village and as they separate after this,
they realize they love each other deeply. Back in Pakistan, however,
Zaara's wedding is fixed with her fiance, Raza (Manoj Bajpai). Seeing
her miserable state, her best friend and maid, Shabbo (Divya Dutta),
calls Veer to take her away. Upon being requested otherwise by Zaara's
mother, Veer decides to leave for India without the love of his life but
gets falsely framed by Raza for being an Indian spy and is imprisoned.
22 years later, Saamiya Siddiqui (Rani Mukherjee
), a Pakistani lawyer
wishes to prove his innocence and upon hearing his story, she travels
across the border to search for Veer's guardians for witnessing.
Instead, she runs into Zaara who, still unmarried, fled to Veer's
village to live there after Veer is presumed dead in a bus accident.
Veer is released from imprisonment after Zaara testifies and the movie
ends with Saamiya bidding adieu to the couple as they cross the Wagah
border and go back to India. The movie has it's two most important
female characters from Pakistan and was a success in both the countries.
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
Once again a cross-border love story, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
is set in 1947 during the partition of India. Amidst the Hindu-Muslim
riots engulfing the migrants, Sakeena (Ameesha Patel
) is saved by Tara
Singh (Sunny Deol
), a jatt sikh as she is being chased by a murderous
mob after failing to get on a train. As Sakeena starts living with Tara
after concealing her Muslim identity, the two fall in love, get married
and are blessed with a son. Years later, Sakeena sees the photo of her
presumably dead father Ashraf Ali (Amrish Puri
) in a newspaper, who is
now the mayor of Lahore. Overjoyed, she contacts her father and prepares
to meet him. She is forced to leave her husband and son behind since
they have trouble getting the visa to Pakistan. Tara, however, crosses
the border illegally only to find that Sakeena is getting married to
another man. Despite the best efforts and use of physical and mental
violence by Ashraf Ali, the family manages to escape to a cotton mill
train which can get them to India. However, they are caught and in the
ensuing fight, Sakeena is shot and lands into coma. Following this
incident, Ashraf Ali undergoes a change of heart and accepts Tara as his
son-in-law. Once Sakeena gains consciousness, the couple and their son
return to India. Much to the surprise of most critics, the movie proved
to be one of the biggest blockbusters of all times despite clashing with
Aamir Khan starer Lagaan
at the box office.
action spy thriller - revolves around a particular mission of an RAW
agent with his nom-de-guerre as Agent Vinod
. Following a message from
his late colleague from Russia, Vinod travels to Moscow to uncover the
mystery of '242'. He impersonates a smuggler to meet the local mafia
boss David Kazan (Prem Chopra) who is accompanied by his Pakistani
doctor, Ruby Mendes (Kareena Kapoor
). Vinod tries to get close to Ruby
to find out about '242'. It is revealed that Ruby is actually Iram, a
British-Pakistani working as an undercover for ISI. It is also revealed
that '242' is a disguised detonator for a nuclear device and many
international terrorist groups are converging at an antiques auction to
purchase it. It is finally acquired by Kazan who locks it with a
password and hands it over to Colonel (Adil Hussain). Iram discovers
Vinod's true identity as an RAW agent and agrees to work with him to
prevent the nuclear device from falling in the wrong hands. However,
Kazan is murdered by Colonel who captures Iram as well to find out about
. Attempts are made to kill Vinod but he manages to escape
them all. He tries to find Iram who is helping Colonel without knowing
that she is being set up to being a victim of a bomb blast once he has
escaped. She too survives and with Vinod, they head to Karachi and then
New Delhi to capture Colonel. They managed to locate him finally and the
bomb is defused but Iram dies of gunshot wounds. Vinod manages to lead
the mission to a closure and the movie ends with him heading for his
next one. The film, which had it's female lead of Pakistani descent, was
a average grosser at the box office.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
the box office in July of 2013 tells the tale of "The Flying Sikh"
Milkha Singh played by Farhan Akhtar
in the movie, whose parents are
killed in a war with the locals of Punjab in Pakistan during the
partition of India in 1947. The film starts in the 1960 Summer Olympics
in Rome, where a coach says "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
!" and from there is
taken into a flashback mode. As a young boy, he survives by stealing
from his friends but starts leading a life of honesty after falling in
love with Biro (Sonam Kapoor
). In the army, Milkha gets noticed by a
sergeant for his racing skills. Despite his injury on the day of
selection of the Indian team for Olympics, he manages to win the race as
well as break the national record. In the Melbourne 1956 Olympics, he
sleeps with the granddaughter of his Australian technical coach
following which he loses his race and beats himself up. With a renewed
determination, he starts a rigorous training and wins at many places,
even beating the world record in the 400m race. Jawaharlal Nehru
convinces him to lead the Indian team to Pakistan for friendly races.
When in Pakistan, he misses the press conference and visits his village
where his parents were murdered and his father's last words were "Bhaag
Milkha Bhaag!" The memory leads him to break down and he is comforted by
a young boy who turns out to be the son of a childhood friend. In the
race, he runs and overtakes all his opponents, winning the race as well
as respect of the people of both the nations. It is then that he is
given his title of "The Flying Sikh" by the Pakistani commander. The
film was a super hit and entered the coveted Bollywood 100 Crore Club.
that, we wrap up this article on how various shades of Pakistan,
whether in the form of characters or as a background nation, is shown.
BollyCurry and Bollywood has no animosity towards any of the cultures.
of these were your favorites? Do let us know below while we all
celebrate this special day in the life of every Pakistani.
Writer: Neethi B.
Editors: Saraa K. & Hershi J.